Tracey Rose belongs to a generation of artists credited with reinventing the artistic gesture in post-Apartheid South Africa. Within this fold, she has defined a provocative visual world whose complexities merely those of the task at hand. Her reference to theatre and the carnival tradition also places her work in the realm of satire. As such, it skilfully and mischievously articulates the often-contradictory motives of a new culture that remains conservative and provincial, and of an art world too eager to re-connect with European and American centres of power.
Tracy Rose's work has consistently questioned and challenged the prevalent aesthetics of international contemporary art centres, as well as the emergence of a dominant cultural narrative of struggle and reconciliation in South Africa. Waiting for God is curated by Renaud Proch and Khwezi Gule and produced by Johannesburg Art Gallery and Bildmuseet.
During the exhibition period there will be public guided tours and lectures by Khwezi Gule, Rory Bester, Anna Rådström and Katarina Pierre in the exhibition.